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Example Manuscript

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created: 2015-09-20 15:00:00
owner: 1
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project id: 1

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view personal ancient sheets
personal ancient sheets

from my personal collection
created: 2015-09-21 20:55:28
owner: 1
project dir.: eproject129e
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project id: 24

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view Catala World Atlas 1375
Catala World Atlas 1375

Catala Atlas or Catalan Word Atlas, also known as Portolan Chart or Portolan Atlas,
made by Abraham Cresques (1325–1387), whose real name was Cresques (son of) Abraham, was a 14th-century Jewish cartographer from Palma, Majorca (then part of the Crown of Aragon).

The atlas originally is 6 vellum leaves folded down the middle in many colours also with gold and silver. Now these pages are cut in half of about 65 x 50 cm. The total work was 65 cm x 3mtr.
This type of map known as a portulan, indirectly formed the basis of modern maritime cartography.

The Catalan Atlas, dated 1375 and attributed to Cresques Abraham, presents important similarities with Dulcert's portolan chart in the drawing of its occidental portion,

augmented with a great number of explanatory legends. Its originality lies in the addition of an oriental half which is not based on the experience of Mediterranean sailors,

as was the case with portolan charts, but makes use of all manner of sources, including the account of Marco Polo's voyage in the late thirteenth century.

Dulcert's map:
In the first part of the Galician-Portuguese period (from the 12th to the 14th century), the language was increasingly used for documents and other written forms.

There are two versions of the Catala Map: one in France and once in Madrid.  The Madrid version is a copy.

These pages are made with the aid of:

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project dir.: catalan
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project id: 26

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view Anthon Transcript or Caractors document
Anthon Transcript or Caractors document

The "Anthon Transcript" (often identified with the "Caractors document") is a small piece of paper with seven horizontal lines of a total of 220 characters.

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created: 2015-10-23 18:46:35
owner: 1
project dir.: anthontra
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project id: 27

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view John Arderne
John Arderne

John Arderne (1307–1392) or John of Arderne,  was an English surgeon and is considered perhaps the first
He drawed and wrote many things such as chirurgical sheets and herbals.

- See more at:
- also details on
created: 2016-01-03 01:15:01
owner: 1
project dir.: eajohnard
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type: public

project id: 28

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view Palaeography excercises
Palaeography excercises

British National Archives

Aim: to learn and understand ancient manuscripts
created: 2016-01-16 21:59:36
owner: 1
project dir.: cpaelogra
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project id: 30

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view Voynich manuscript public
Voynich manuscript public

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system.

The vellum in the book pages has been carbon-dated to around Late Middle Ages 1404–1438

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created: 2016-01-23 16:16:09
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project dir.: voynich
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project id: 32

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view Een koopman in Venetië
Een koopman in Venetië

About 1000 SENTENCES and Phrases, in Italian and Dutch ca.1450. Octavo

Collection Area: Western Manuscripts
Reference: Add MS 10802
Britisch Library.

Based on PDF:
Editie José de Bruijn-van der Helm, Fons van Buuren, Maria van
Donkelaar, G. Gerritsen-Geywitz en Orlanda S.H. Lie

created: 2016-02-05 16:19:40
owner: 1
project dir.: faeenkoop
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project id: 34

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view Johannes van Heeck cipher
Johannes van Heeck cipher

Lat. Borg. 898 Johannes van Heeck cipher manuscript, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

410 pages handwritten text, written using an alphabet formed almost entirely of astrological symbols of Arabic, text written in Latin

Persistent URL:

By attention & research of Nick Pelling's blog entry:

Lincean cipher (Accademia dei Lincei founded 1603):

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project dir.: ccjohanne
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project id: 35

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view Terentius

Writer: P. Terentius Afer = Publicus Terentius Afer  (wiki)

There are several plays:
Andria (3r-35r). Eunuchus (35r-66r). Heautontimorumenos (66v-95r). Adelphoe (95v-124v). Hecyra (124v-147v). Phormio (147v-176r).

See for the full text/transcripiton on and then for example

Date d'édition : 800-899.
Type : manuscrit
Langue : Latin
Format : France (Reims ?). - Minuscule caroline avec peu de ligatures. Les indications des locuteurs, les didascaliae, argumenta et titres sont en capitales rubriquées.

On note la présence d'un i long analogue à un L et muni d'un crochet à sa base (voir P. Lejay, Cicéron II act. contre Verris, Revue de Philologie, nouv. sér. XII, 1888, p. 39 n. 1).

Ce ms. est recensé dans la liste des mss. contenant des signes de construction syntaxique par M. Korhammer (1980, p. 56). Au f. 99, les noms des personnages

ont été notés en capitales à la mine de plomb, dans le champ de l’image ; il s’agit peut-être d’une indication laissée à l’intention du rubricateur (cf. aussi au f. 130

où se trouve un abécédaire en capitales à la mine de plomb).Deux mains se sont partagé le travail de copie: main 1 (ff. 1-91v + 92v-93r + 95v-143v);

main 2 (f. 91v ligne 4 à 92v ligne 16 + 93v à 95r + 144r-176); les copistes ont parfois corrigé eux-même leur copie, puis un tiers a entré à son tour

other source:  oxford, bodlean library

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project dir.: cdeterent
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project id: 37

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view Book of Magic
Book of Magic

Title: Book of magic, with instructions for invoking spirits, etc.

Created or Published:ca. 1577-1583
Physical Description: p. 15 (blue ink) 2 v. : ill. and charts ; 35-40 cm.
Digital Image Type: FSL collection 
Source Call Number: V.b.26 (1) HAMNET CATALOG  item 42340
English handwriting

blog: and 

Full transcription 239 pages pdf:

created: 2016-02-22 21:08:52
owner: 1
project dir.: dbookofma
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project id: 38

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view Add MS 5025: The Ripley Scrolls
Add MS 5025: The Ripley Scrolls

Alchemical rolls (The Ripley Scrolls)  are four parts of an alchemical scroll made in the late 16th or early 17th century and associated with the works of 

George Ripley (d.c. 1490), Augustinian canon of Bridlington, alchemist and author of The Compound of Alchemy.

They summarize in allegorical and emblematic form the process for preparing the philosopher's stone.

Britisch Library

Languages English Latin

Physical Description
  • Materials: Paper.
  • Dimensions:
  • (1): 1500 x 155 mm.
  • (2): 1250 x 140 mm.
  • (3): 1375 x 125 mm.
  • (4): 1270 x 145 mm.
  • The scroll is divided into four frames, labelled (1)-(4), kept together in a wooden box.
  • Script: Gothic and Humanistic cursive.
Ownership: Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector (labelled 'Bibl. Sloan.' on (2) verso).
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
created: 2016-04-09 00:22:58
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project dir.: caddmsa5a
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project id: 45

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view Moabite stone
Moabite stone

The Mesha Stele (also known as the "Moabite Stone") is a stele (inscribed stone)
set up around 840 BCE by King Mesha of Moab (a kingdom located in modern Jordan)
created: 2016-04-11 14:08:36
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